HOLLYWOOD - "Chicago," winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, will return to Los Angeles at the Pantages Theatre for a limited two-week engagement May 15-27.After her critically-acclaimed debut as Roxie Hart on Broadway and in London's West End, Christie Brinkley, one of the world's most successful supermodels, will make her Los Angeles debut this spring as she reprises her killer role in the award-winning musical. "We are thrilled to welcome Christie and her incredible dedication, focus and determination that she exhibits," said producer Barry Weissler. "I'm excited to share with audiences the stellar performance that she delivers." Throughout her career as one of the country's most successful and recognizable supermodels, Brinkley has appeared on more than 500 magazine covers worldwide. But more than that, she also excels as an artist, writer, photographer, designer, actress, philanthropist, environmentalist and political activist. She recently launched a line of natural skin care products as part of her new company, Christie Brinkley Beauty. A Ford model for over 30 years, she was discovered by a photographer in Paris at the age of 18. Since then, she has become the first model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated for three consecutive years, and appeared in the publication's annual swimsuit issues and television specials for years to follow. In 1976, CoverGirl gave Christie her first "big break" in modeling with a contract, which launched the start of a 20-year partnership that marks the longest-running cosmetics contract of any model in history. On the big screen, she made her acting debut in 1983 opposite Chevy Chase in the hit feature film "National Lampoon's Vacation" and its 1997 sequel, "Vegas Vacation." She has also appeared in Billy Joel's classic music videos "Uptown Girl," "Keeping the Faith," and "All About Soul," as well as Mick Jones' music video "Just Wanna Hold." Tickets for "Chicago" start at $25 and can be purchased online at broadwayla.org or by phone at (800) 982-2787. Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, "Chicago" is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago's slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today's tabloids. The performance schedule for "Chicago" is Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
********** Published: February 2, 2012 - Volume 10 - Issue 42